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(nano prep question) My character is drugged by the antagonist using a sedative just before being rescued by his friends. They don’t know what drug he was given, and they can’t take him to a hospital. Is there anything they should be doing to take care of him themselves until the sedative wears off?

Hey there nonny!  Your character will generally be okay after a sedative. They can even be woken up a little bit with pinching in painful places.  The two biggest things for his friends to do are to keep him on his side (so that if he vomits he doesn’t choke), and to watch his breathing. …

hi sorry i’m the propofol sedation anon, i forgot to ask, would she be able to breathe on her own for the most part or would she have to be placed on a ventilator? thanks and sorry again!!

Hey! Missed this follow-up on the initial question.  Your character wouldn’t be on propofol without being on a ventilator, unless it’s for procedural sedation. (For example, when I had an upper endoscopy, I was put under with propofol, but I wasn’t put deep enough to stop breathing.) In the ICU, propofol = ventilator, and almost …

Say someone was in a crash or something so they have multiple injuries including a few broken bones and a mild concussion – are there certain medications the doctors would NOT give them because of the concussion? Are they less likely to give them strong pain meds or is the concussion not a factor at all when it comes to that?

Hey there! Thanks for your question!  First, doctors are unlikely to give this character any medication until they’ve done a CT of the head (and likely any other injured areas, especially the chest and abdomen) and ruled out an intracranial hemorrhage and internal bleeding.  There are a few medications that doctors and medics try to …

Pharmacology for Writers Part 1: Anesthesia, Analgesia, Sedation, and Paralysis

Whuddup, peeps and other candies! Today Aunt Scripty wants to talk about a really important aspect of pharmacology, especially important for surgeries (both back-alley and OR) and emergency medicine types. Today we’re going to differentiate anesthesia, analgesia, and paralysis. We’re going to talk about drugs that affect each of these. I swear to you, dear …

Tropes Done Right Part 1: Rendering Someone Unconscious (WITHOUT Causing Brain Damage)

What’s up, keyboard trolls?! I’ve been getting some pushback from some writers about my recent post on the knocking-someone-unconscious trope, and I wanted to take a second to address it. Mostly I’ve been challenged to provide a better alternative, which is totally reasonable. So if we can’t knock people out with head injuries, how do …